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The name Campbell was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a person with a crooked mouth, or crooked smile. This nickname surname is derived from the Gaelic words cam and beul, meaning crooked and mouth. Nicknames could be derived from various sources. In general, they came from the physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms and other attributes of the bearer.

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The surname Campbell was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute. Researchers suggest a joint progenitor of both the Campbells and the MacArthurs. The MacArthurs were the ancient senior sept of the Campbells. Arthur derives from the son of King Aedan MacGabhran, the 9th century Scots King of Argyll. The Clan Campbell was known as the Siol Diarmaid an Tuirc or, alternatively, the Clan Duibhne, and in a Crown charter Duncan MacDuibhne was ancestor of the Lords of Lochow in 1368.

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Campbell has appeared as Campbell, Cambell, Cambel, Camble, Cammell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campbell research. Another 785 words (56 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1411, 1517, 1437, 1701, 1878, 1437, 1607, 1661, 1629, 1685, 1630, 1696, 1701, 1636, 1717, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Campbell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Duncan Campbell, the first Earl in 1437; Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquis of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, (1607-1661); and his son, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-1685), a Scottish peer; Robert Campbell, 5th Laird of Glenlyon (1630-1696)...

Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campbell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Campbell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Campbell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Colin Campbell, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Campbell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Campbell, who landed in New England in 1716
  • Eliz Campbell, who landed in New York, NY in 1738
  • Ronald Campbell, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Dugald Campbell, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Anna Campbell, who arrived in New York in 1739
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Campbell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Campbell, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Samuel Campbell, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Sara Campbell, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Arth Campbell, who landed in America in 1805
  • Ann Campbell, who landed in America in 1805
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Campbell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Collin Campbell, who landed in Minnesota in 1901
  • William Louis Campbell, who landed in Colorado in 1907
  • James George Campbell, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

Campbell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Angus Campbell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Archibald Campbell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Campbell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Campbell, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Jean Campbell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
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Campbell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Colin Campbell, aged 21, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Cohn Campbell, aged 21, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Cohn Campbell, aged 21, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Daniel Campbell, aged 24, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Daniel Campbell, aged 24, arrived in Canada in 1811
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Campbell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Campbell, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Allan Campbell, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Campbell, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Fred. Campbell, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Campbell, a baker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Campbell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Campbell landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Colin Campbell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Duncan Campbell landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Campbell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J L Campbell landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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Campbell Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Marcus Campbell, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
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  • Glen Travis Campbell (b. 1936), Grammy, Dove Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated American country pop singer, guitarist, television host and occasional actor
  • Francis Marion Campbell (1929-2016), American football defensive lineman and coach
  • William V. "Bill" Campbell (1940-2016), American businessman, Chairman of Columbia University and Intuit In c., VP of Marketing and board director for Apple Inc
  • Charles Christopher "Hondo" Campbell (1948-2016), American 17th Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • William Paul Campbell (1935-2015), American politician and businessman, President of the California Manufacturers & Technology Assn
  • William Cammack "Bill" Campbell (1923-2013), American amateur golfer and two-time President of the United States Golf Association (USGA), inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990
  • Lieutenant-General Levin Hicks Jr. Campbell (1886-1976), American Chief of Ordnance, War Department (1942-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Boniface Campbell (1895-1988), American Commanding Officer Artillery 98th Division (1942-1945)
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Griffith Campbell (1884-1957), American Commanding General Newport Subsector New England Sector North Atlantic Coastal Frontier (1941-1944)
  • Brigadier-General William Archibald Campbell (1887-1971), American Deputy Commandant of the Command & General Staff School (1944-1945)
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Campbell Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Trevor Campbell (b. 1967), American Private from Brooklyn, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Campbell, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Michael Campbell, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Annie Perry  Campbell (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Martin  Campbell (1848-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth  Campbell (1848-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Mary Christina  Campbell (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. D.  Campbell (1898-1917), Scottish Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from Barra, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert G Campbell (b. 1917), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robert H Campbell, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Herbert Campbell, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alexander Mcluckie Campbell, British Canteen Assistant NAAFI, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Henry James Eccles Campbell, British Commissioned Warrant Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Christina Campbell, (née Fraser), Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Campbell, American 2nd Class passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Kennedy Campbell, American 2nd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Ada Mena Campbell, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Amy Campbell, American 2nd Class passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Henry Campbell (d. 1912), aged 21, Irish Joiner from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Donald S. Campbell (d. 1912), aged 25, English Third Class Clerk from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Campbell (d. 1912), aged 21, Irish Second Class passenger from Belfast, Ireland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Campbell Family History by Gwen Campbell.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne obliviscaris
Motto Translation: Forget not.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Campbell
Affeigh, Balandan, Balandand, Balandane, Balandant, Balanden, Balandend, Balandent, Balandind, Balandint, Balandyn, Balandynd, Balantine, Balanting, Balantink, Balantyne, Balendan, Balendand, Balendane, Balendant, Balenden, Balendend, Balendent, Balendind, Balendine, Balending, Balendink, Balendint, Balendyn, Balendynd, Balendyne, Balentine, Balenting, Balentink, Balentyne, Balintolm, Balintom, Balintomb, Balintombe, Balintome, Balintone, Balintoom, Balintoomb, Balintoombe, Balintown, Balintum, Balintume, Ballandan, Ballandand, Ballandane and more.

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    The Campbell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campbell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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